Pooches and Pussy Cozies

Mother Nature doesn't play fair but you can make the most of your postpartum hair loss.

Satan Sent Me Spam (or My DVD Player Just Hates Me

Satan's work or Dora the Explorer's?

You're Not In The Boom Boom Room Anymore

Has your bedroom lost its sexy since baby moved in? You're not alone.

I Nominate Myself For The Worst Mommy Blogger Ever

Not your typical mommy blogger.

My Doctor Made Me More Depressed

Talking about depression is difficult, especially when you're talking to idiots.

February 25, 2015

Get on the Bus, It's Time for the Bunker Punks Tour!

Who are the Original Bunker Punks? A bunch of rad bloggers that fearlessly write about anything and everything. I am so honored to have been inducted into the group! In an effort to spread our awesomeness, the Original Bunker Punks are going on tour and doing interviews. Please check out my fellow punks and show them some love.

What is your most prized possession?

My bike. Getting off the beaten path and bombing down dirt trails makes me feel wild. I get to reclaim that adventurous part of myself I thought I lost when I had kids. Incorporating cycling into my mommy life was tough at times, but worth it. 



How do you unwind after a long day?

My Kobo is my most loyal lovah. I spend so much time with my Kobo, Naked Daddy is jealous. Kobo and I curl up in bed with a story that suits my mood - I usually have a few books on the go - and tune everything and everyone out. For many moons now I've been obsessed with The People books by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and Michael Gear. 

What is one song that has followed you throughout your whole life?

Eternal Flame by the Bangles has stalked me since I was a little girl. It was an earworm before earworm was a thing, and one of the first songs I learned by heart. It's also one of the few songs from that era I can still tolerate and am not ashamed to have listened to (Paula Abdul is on the Shame List for sure). 



If you could give one piece of advice to new bloggers in your field, what would it be?

Be true to yourself, but never forget your words are public and forever. If your words will hurt someone, write them on paper instead and burn them

Now that you’re famous, we need a quote from you.

"Filters are for coffee. Be real, raw, and honest - on paper and in life." One of my most viewed and shared posts was about talking to my doctor about postpartum depression. By sharing experiences, I aim to let readers know they are not alone in their daily struggles. If I can make you laugh in the process, that's even better.


Love and giggles to the Nudist Colony and Original Bunker Punks!! I'm back, baby!

February 3, 2015

Sleep Safe With Halo Sleepsack - Review & Giveaway!

"She went in to check on him, and found him face down in his pillow, not breathing."

As my friend and colleague continued to tell me about the loss of her nephew to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), I selfishly thought of my own children. Is my three year old too young for a pillow? Are her blankets ok? Is my baby safe? Long after returning home, I was still in shock. I held my kids close, ordered a sympathy floral arrangement, researched SIDS, and took a good look at my kids' bedding. 

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm? A recent study published in the journal, Pediatrics, shows that loose, soft bedding, is a leading cause of SIDS.  If you have a baby or small children at home, please consider wearable blankets and read more on safe sleeping: www.halosleep.com/safe-sleep-for-baby/

More information on the SleepSack wearable blanket follows as well as a chance to win one!
Image Credit: SleepSack

SleepSack Review - What We Liked

While safety was the number one consideration in our SleepSack purchases, the next biggest selling features were comfort and convenience. After doing cotton blanket origami at prenatal classes, and doing miserably at it I might add, I was happy to discover the SleepSack Swaddle. They are very easy to use! Put the SleepSack on over PJs, zip down and swaddle baby's arms in or out (depending on what she likes and if she is rolling or not). The swaddle wrap closes securely with velcro. There are no buttons that can come loose or finicky snaps. The inverted zipper made diaper changes easy and prevented baby from getting poked by a zipper pull.

I am sure I saved several hours of time with the SleepSack Swaddle during the newborn phase when we were changing diapers 20 times a day. To top it off, my babies were comfy and warm. If baby is comfy and warm, she sleeps better, and you do too. 

When my babies got bigger, we put them in the SleepSack. They were used to wearable blankets and liked them. We loved that the SleepSacks stayed in place (didn't end up over their heads or on the floor). Since both of my babies were active sleepers, we could sleep easy knowing that baby was not going to kick her blanket off and be cold, or get tangled in it. 

Finally, did I mention the material is so soft? Whether you choose organic cotton, cotton, microfleece, sherpa, or chenille, the fabrics are soft to the touch and machine washable. Look at the thermal insulation rating (TOG) for each SleepSack so you buy the right one. Aside from size and TOG, you just need to choose a fabric and color/pattern for your wearable blanket. SleepSacks are not just for newborns! Sizes go all the way up to 50 pounds.

Most of the SleepSack products are $28.95-$34.95 U.S. ($29.99+ in Canada). They are well worth the money for peace of mind and quality. We were able to use the SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack for two children and hand them down to friends in good condition. Halo SleepSack products are available at most major department stores, ToysRUs, and online at www.halosleep.com.

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Disclaimer

I received a free sample to review and give away, but the views expressed are my own.

References



  • Moon, R.Y. (2014) 
  • Sleep Environment Risks for Younger and Older Infants, Pediatrics. 


    Please sleep safe, everybody!

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